Books by Vaclav Havel

TO THE CASTLE AND BACK by Vaclav Havel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2007

"An illuminating memoir by an admirable writer and leader."
The noted Czech dramatist and politician turns in a "strange little book" recounting his years in office. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 29, 1997

A collection by the playwright turned politician that will leave American readers wondering what it would be like to have a perceptive and honest intellectual as president. As elected leader of Czechoslovakia after the fall of communism and then of the Czech Republic after the division of Czechoslovakia, Havel speaks from personal experience about political stability and conflict, freedom and the degradation of human dignity under totalitarianism. Read full book review >

SUMMER MEDITATIONS by Vaclav Havel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 15, 1992

More pieces of Havel's lively, subtle mind. Last summer, the oft-imprisoned absurdist playwright who's become president of Czechoslovakia decided that he owed his fellow citizens a concise account of where he stands now that ``the era of enthusiasm, unity, mutual understanding, and dedication to a common cause is over.'' In setting down his thoughts, the author necessarily grapples with the nuts-and-bolts detail of parliamentary governance in a nation-state where Czechs and Slovaks are again able to pursue conflicting sociopolitical interests. Read full book review >

OPEN LETTERS by Vaclav Havel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 1991

An inspiring collection of essays, interviews, and letters, several of which have never been published in English, from the erudite, uncompromising Havel, taking the full measure of his humanism and democratic spirit. Ever the voice of reason and gentle, wry persuasion, Havel appears in these writings in a variety of guises: as a participant in the liberating Prague Spring of 1968, calling for a democratic opposition party in Czechoslovakia; as a thorn in the side of the subsequent repressive government, detailing its perfidious practices as proof of the need for organized dissent; as a silenced prisoner, first under house arrest and in the early 80's incarcerated as a subversive; and finally as the president of Czechoslovakia, still challenging his fellow citizens to throw off their reticence and work together to build a truly democratic state. Read full book review >